Secondly, there is mixed information here. One suggestion is to download the new Bandlab as a separate installation. Why? I'll only ever use one of them. The logic behind this is that the new platform will use "Most" of my effects. Unfortunately, the effects that are listed as not supported by Bandlab in the comparison chart are the effects I use.
Cakewalk by Bandlab (CbB) installs itself alongside Sonar, in exactly the same way
as like Sonar Platinum installed itself alongside Sonar X3.
The effects are listed as not supplied
by BandLab. They are all 100% supported.
Another issue is SSD space. Two installations would require two copies of my instrument libraries which are many and huge - 1.2TB. Two installations would require a significant financial outlay for new SSDs.
You are not required to install two copied of your instrument libraries. It will use your existing ones.
Both the CbB program folder & the CbB content folders are around 200MB each - so it will take up around 400MB of space.
The next issue arises from a practice that has become pervasive across the internet - corporate connectivity for users. Will I be able to install and use Bandlab if I don't own a mobile (cell) phone (and never will) or don't use anything with "cloud" in its title or operate my studio PC without an internet connection? Without knowing these things, overwriting my current Sonar installation with Bandlab could be disastrous.
You need an internet connection to download the BandLab assistant which is in turn used to download and authorise CbB, just like you did with Sonar Platinum with the Cakewalk Command Center.
The BandLab assistant works in exactly the same way as the Cakewalk Command Center in this respect.
Once its installed / authorised, you don't need to be connected to the internet any more. You will of course need to be connected to download the monthly updates.
Thirdly, I don't care about the money. It is a fact that without a financial transaction, there is no legal liability. EVERY free software version is always a cut-down version of the one you must pay for. What was I supposed to think when I read that this free version would support "most" of my effects?
Really? are there paid versions of Facebook, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Libre Office, Open Office, Twitter, most Linux distributions, Arduor... I could go on....
The bottom line is, to avoid confusion just treat Cakewalk by BandLab in exactly the same way as you treated Sonar Platinum when you had Sonar X3. It's really just the next version of Sonar.